Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Happy Birthday Slash
Slash, born Saul Hudson on this date in 1965, celebrates a birthday today.
What can I say about Slash besides that he is a living legend, and the most distinctive guitar player of his generation.
His guitar playing on Appetite for Destruction is the ultimate fusion of Sleazy Blues and Punk Rock, and has never been replicated since, even by Slash himself.
Appetite is one of the best selling albums of all time, and Slash's guest spot on Daughtry's 2006 debut has kept that album in the top 10 for 2 years running.
Slash's guitar solo in the Guns N' Roses song "November Rain" is a cultural touchstone for members of Generation X. This guitar solo signalled the end of an era and heralded the beginning of the 1990's.
Currently, Slash is a member of Velvet Revolver along with fellow GN'R alums, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum.
2007-8 was a banner year for Slash. He published his first autobiography, released the second Velvet Revolver album, had his own signature Gibson Epiphone guitar released, and was honored by the Guitar Hero videogame - Legends of Rock.
Slash is currently working on his first real "solo" album which will feature numerous guest vocalists.
You can watch Slash do what Slash does best below on the 1987 classic, "Nightrain."
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